A welcoming, lay-led spiritual community moving together in time in an open search for truth and meaning
Who We Are
Bethania Church… our Sunday gathering place
Share the Plate – Peace and Justice Center
Members Jim and Pat McIntosh
Decorah Unitarian Universalist, established in 2005, is a welcoming lay-led fellowship of diverse thinkers and believers who gather together to explore spirituality, share one another’s joys and concerns and work together to make our community and the world a better place. Members and friends of Decorah UU come from communities in NE Iowa and SE Minnesota and congregate Sunday mornings at Vesterheim Museum’s historic Bethania Church. Although diverse in backgrounds and beliefs, we are united in our belief that no one person or church can define the whole of truth for us; we are all free to conduct our own search for truth and meaning.
Our Sunday services feature readings from many sources and traditions, hymns and other music, messages and speakers, ranging from the theological to the personal to the humanistic.
We are a part of the Unitarian Universalist Association (over 1,000 UU congregations throughout the United States and Canada). With historic roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian Universalists today include an expanding circle of understanding and choice in religious faith — UU’s can be Christian, Jewish, atheist, Humanist, Pagan, Buddhist, yet we all join together in the exploration of life’s fundamental spiritual truths and to find purpose in our lives by actively seeking justice and peace in our world.
Share the Plate – Northeast Iowa Humane Society
Members Sue Otte and Steven Nelson
UU member Karen Esterl
7 Unitarian Universalist Principles
1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.